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    Default New Meade LX90 - Need Better Eyepiece (HELP!)



    Hello All,

    First time posting as I am just finally getting into this hobby that I have been dreaming about for years. I was finally able to pick-up a new LX90-ACF 8" scope. It came with a 26mm Super Plossl eyepiece on a 1.25" diagonal prism.

    First time viewing was neat - after a quick auto-align, we were looking at Saturn, Mars and a few (very early mornings later) we looked at Jupiter. Problem is, everything looks TINY in this eyepiece. My old 6" telescope showed these planets (at this time of the year) almost as good.

    The auto-guide also had a few gallaxy's for "Tonights Best" and none were visible at all.

    I realize my geographic location has a lot to do (Florida) but the nights I was viewing was little to no humidity. I also know I probably need to look into light filters, but I really think I need a better magnification eyepiece.

    I have read just about all of the other posts here, but I am wondering if anyone can help with my particular question/issue - perhaps another LX90 (or LX200) owner or someone with eyepiece expertise under their belt. ANY HELP is appreciated. I dont mind spending the cash, but I want to make sure I get the right thing. What I am reading on eyepieces that zoom isnt that good either.

    Thoughts? .....and again -

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    I think a lot of people would recommend the Baader Hyperion Zoom eyepiece.
    Hello, from a Hyperion zoom lover!

    I can't vouch for this eyepiece myself as I went out and bought each individual eyepiece separately though I still plan on grabbing a Hyperion zoom this summer.
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    James....

    That 26 mm Meade super Plossl eyepiece is giving you all of 78x in your scope... Nice magnification (or even a little on the high side for viewing DSO's But a hair short for planets...

    NO MATTER what scope I am using (4 or 5 inch refractor or 8 or 11 inch Scts I am always in the 150 to 200x range when viewing planets...

    You are just not getting enough magnification...

    While you scope most likely has a rating of close to 450x as its highest USEFUL magnification you most likely will never ever be able to push it that high and even getting it up to 300x on good to great nights may be a problem due to you skies...

    When is all said and done do not expect Saturn to ever appear nearly as big as the Moon ... it just ain't gonna happen... and even when you get the magnification up to 150 to 200x it is not going to be very big...

    I carry 8.5 mm, 10mm 13mm, 17mm, 20, mm 24mm, 26mm, 31mm, and 35 mm eyepieces in my eyepiece case I use for my Scts... and again no matter if I am using the 8 or the 11 inch one I will almost guarantee you I will be using the 26,31, and 35 mm eyepieces twice as much as I will be using the higher powered ones... UNLESS I am viewing the moon (rare) or looking for detail on planets OR seeing how many individual rings I can clearly see on Saturn (those rings are currently on edge but in a few years they will be opening up)..

    BTW... I HAD (past tense) a Meade Super Plossl 26 mm eyepiece and I trashed it because I just did not like it... If you want to invest is good eyepieces the Orion Stratus/Baader Hyperions will preform well in your scope as will the Meade 5000 SWA eyepieces.. all of which are 1/3 the price of the Pentaxs, Panoptics and Naglers .

    I'm not about to tell you what to buy as eyepieces are kind of personal and each of us have different preferences .

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    Quote Originally Posted by James32712 View Post
    What I am reading on eyepieces that zoom isnt that good either.
    Hi James, welcome to the forum! Zoom eyepieces never really got good press because of its poor performance in its early days and were notorious for having very narrow fields of views and not so clear views. (See Hello, from a Hyperion zoom lover! post #80 at the bottom.) This perception has stuck up to this day and can also be read in dated astro books/materials, but modern zooms, particularly the Hyperion zoom, have evolved into a different breed altogether that they are now going mainstream. BTW, I have an 8" SCT similar to your scope, and the zoom is my favorite eyepiece to use on it, I think it's a match made in heaven. Just my 2 cents.

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    Thanks Bob and Hernando!!

    I actually ordered one of those new popular zoom eyepieces yesterday. They are on backorder for a few weeks due to their popularity. Will give it a whirl.

    Bob, you hit the nail on the head and your advise was very helpful to me! I picked up an 18mm ultra wide and what a difference!

    You guys are great and I look forward to getting to know you all better. This site is just wonderful. Now I need to go off and dream about my CCD investment in a few months... Lots to learn first!

    James
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